The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 16, 1991, Page 13, Image 12

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By Mark Baldridge
Staff Reporter _
“Recent Acquisitions in Photogra
phy,” at the Sheldon Memorial Art
Gallery until Jan. 26, features works
by 40 photographers who have re
corded events of America and abroad
over the past 60 years. •»
Also of note are a selection of
pieces by photographers with ties to
Nebraska, including those of strobe
light pioneer Harold Edgerton. His
“Bullet Through Plexiglass” is a clas
sic example of a work in which art
and technology meet.
Choosing a single theme for the
shuw wuuiu oe extremely difficult.
One might suggest “Life in The City”
for its scenes that include some excel
lent architectural studies.
Photographs in the urban category
would include the humorous “Police
man Buttonman” by the famous pho
tojournalist Weegee and the magical
“Paris” by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
However, the show also boasts a
small but remarkable selection of nudes
and figure studies. These photos stand
out against the urbanscapes that sur
round them for their quality and vari
ety of approach.
Marsha Bums offers an untitled
photo of a swimmer that is luminous
as if painted by air brush, while Irving
Penn’s “Nude No. 16” takes a solid,
sculptural approach to the female
figure. -
One can almost smell the fresh air
in Jock Sturges’ portrait of five girls
on the beach. The photo is an insight
ful exploration of the inner serious
ness of puberty.
There is, throughout the exhibit, a
sense of the transcendent about to
break through. Some of the city struc
tures seem part of a fairyland archi
tecture. Debra Goldman’s untitled
photo of a serpent, a stone and a sea
shell contains something from dreams.
The entire collection displays a
wide variety of talent and some won
derful additions to the museum’s
permanent collection.
lriDute to quo misses the mark
“Two Rooms — Celebrating the
Songs of Elton John & Bernie
Polydor Records ,
Throughout the 1970s, the song
writing partnership of Bernie Taupin
and Ellon John produced some of the
catchiest, lyrical and poignant pop
songs of the entire decade.
John’s abrupt piano-playing and
melodic lines fit perfectly into Taupin’s
poetic, often enigmatic lyrics. They
never worked together in the same
room, writing as a true collaboration,
but pieced the songs together after
inspiration came from two different
places: two adjacent rooms.
. So, years after the duo unofficially
terminated its partnership, some of
the largest names in popular music
today geared up to do cover versions
of favorite John and Taupin tunes on
“Two Rooms — Celebrating The
Songs of Ellon John & Bcmic Taupin.”
It’s a noble and overdue project,
and it almost works.
The problem stems from the art
ists’ miscalculations on how to ap
proach thesequirkypopsongs penned
years ago. Performing on ‘Two
Rooms” are Olela Adams, The Beach
Boys, Jon Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, Eric
Clapton, Joe Cocker,-Phil Collins,
Daryl Hall and John Oates, Bruce
Hornsby, George Michael, Sinead
O’Connor, Rod Stewart, Sting, Tina
Turner, The Who and Wilson Phil
Some get the picture, and inevita
bly, some do not.
For example, the Beach Boys’ cover
of “Crocodile Rock” is so dead-on
serious that it’s laughable, because
paying homage to and making fun of
groups like the Beach Boys. The cover
is likeable but only with a couple of
salt grains.
Similarly, Phil Collins’ attempt to
resurrect the wonderful “Bum Down
The Mission” fails primarily because
the little, smiling elf Collins doesn’t
have the depth to cover the song prop*
Some tracks, however, arc just plain
blasphemous, both in calculation and
in execution.
The inclusion of “Daniel,” one of
the duo’s prettiest songs of all time, is
a natural selection for the compila
tion. But allowing Wilson Phillips to
unitize,any emotion out of it is be
yond stupidity. All poignancy in the
song is completely lost on the trio,
ind they pour saccharine down its
throat. As far as miscalculations go,
it’s a loo-loo.
But all is not lost.
Some artists, who forsake their
pretensions and go for the heart of the
tune, have hit the jackpot. Eric Clap
ton’s slowed-down “Border Song” is
:hock-full of giddy soul, and Sting’s
delicate reading of “Come Down In
Time” is one of the best things he’s
See ROOMS on 14
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